Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs June 1, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 5

Historical and Cultural Affairs

The historic-preservation and museums newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

June 1, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 5



“Service, Suffrage, and Swing: World War I Era in Delaware”

America’s participation in "the war to end all wars” will be brought to life during this five-day program that will take place at a variety of downtown Lewes, Del. locations from June 18–22, 2017.

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hartleyNeill Hartley of the American Historical Theatre will portray President Woodrow Wilson on June 19, 2017.


Division employees receive a Delaware Award for Heroism
Greg Buchman, Chris Conley, Scott Hayes and James Scott honored for saving the life of one of their fellow employees.

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Division to sponsor 16 special events during June 2017

Man’s Best Friend, Separation Day and a wine-glass painting party among the events to be presented.

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“Lost Off Lewes: The British Warship DeBraak”

Tours explore the surviving hull section of this 18th-century shipwreck

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Help Save Delaware History

Gathering public input on the 2018-2022 Statewide Historic Preservation Plan: New on-line survey available

Survey seeks feedback on the needs and issues facing historic places in Delaware.

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“Preserving Our Past for a Better Future: Delaware’s Historic Preservation Plan, 2013–2017”

Document provides a roadmap for focusing on the broad goals and needs of Delaware's preservation community.

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Media Roundup

The following Delaware history-related articles have recently appeared in the media:


Your Guide to Our National Parks

USA Today, McLean, Va.—June 2017

First State National Historical Park one of the listings.


Georgetown museums and beyond

Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del.—May 22, 2017

Article includes information on the Old Sussex County Court House


Is Your Historic Site Ready for Mobile Devices?

Engaging Places, LLC, Rockville, Md.—May 19, 2017

Article on making electronic communications more user-friendly.


Justice to speak at Dickinson Mansion event

Dover Post, Del.—May 15, 2017

June 6, 2017 event sponsored by the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion.



Dover Post, Del.—May 4, 2017

Article on one of The Old State House’s historical interpreters.


Author unearths treasures from Dover’s history

Delaware State News, Dover, Del.—May, 2, 2017

“Tales of Old Dover” by Bruce Walls recently released.


Beat of Johnson’s legacy goes on in Dover

Delaware State News, Dover, Del.—April 29, 2017

Article on the Johnson Victrola Museum.


Media coverage of “A Sailor’s Life for Me”—Zwaanendael Museum’s 6th Annual Maritime Celebration

Programs took place at a variety of downtown Lewes locations on May 27 and 28, 2017.


Living history highlights Memorial Day weekend in Lewes

Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del.—May 31, 2017


Lewes Learns Naval History

WRDE-TV—Lewes, Del.—May 29, 2017



Saturday, June 3

Old English Country Dancing – The Old State House

Man’s Best Friend – Downtown Georgetown

Man’s Best Friend – Johnson Victrola Museum


Tuesday, June 6

Lecture by Retired Justice Randy Holland – John Dickinson Plantation


Wednesday, June 7

Hale-Byrnes Open House – Hale-Byrnes House


Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28

Lost Off Lewes: Tours of the British Warship DeBraak – Zwaanendael Museum


Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10

Separation Day – Downtown New Castle


Saturday, June 10

Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild – John Dickinson Plantation

Lighthouse Sunset Cruise – Lewes Harbor

Saturday, June 17

Mrs. John Dickinson: Mary Norris Dickinson – Hale-Byrnes House

Running of the Mill – Abbott’s Mill Nature Center


Sunday, June 18

Update on Renovations to the Delaware Historical Society – Hale-Byrnes House

Sunday–Thursday, June 18–23

19th Annual Chautauqua Tent Show—‘Service, Suffrage, & Swing: World War I Era in Delaware – Downtown Lewes

Thursday, June 22

Spring Flower!: Wine Glass Painting Party – Buena Vista Conference Center

Tuesday, June 27

Lecture by Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs Archaeologist Allice Guerrant – Dover Public Library

For a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events, go here.


Exhibits and displays

Thru August 2017

World War II Through the Lens of William D. Willis – Middletown Historical Society



Discovering Delaware’s Maritime Past – Zwaanendael Museum

Drawing America to Victory – Online

Emeline Hawkins: Her Journey from Slavery to Freedom on the Underground Railroad – New Castle Court House Museum

Five Stories – John Dickinson Plantation

The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016 – The Old State House

Rose Color to Gold to Glowing Red: Orville and Ethel Peets in Paris 1913-1914 – Zwaanendael Museum

Sculpture by Charles Parks – New Castle Court House Museum

A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World – Zwaanendael Museum

Simple Machines – John Dickinson Plantation


Historical and Cultural Affairs

The historic-preservation and museums newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.




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